Rampant poaching has left elephants in dire straits. These gentle giants are dying at alarming rates, and if we don't do something now, they’ll soon be gone forever.
Months of pregnancy for an elephant mother.
Have You Herd?
Elephants are extremely social. They live in matriarchal herds, working together to raise babies, find food, and protect each other. With long pregnancies (lasting up to 22 months) and calves that nurse for their first few years of life, populations of these majestic icons don't increase quickly.
Years before an elephant is considered mature.
Tusk to Tusk
The largest land animal on Earth is ruthlessly poached for its ivory, which sells for enormous profits on an international black market. Even though their tusks are made of dentine, the same material that human teeth are made of, elephants are being slaughtered at skyrocketing rates.
Left or right?
Elephants favor one tusk over the other, much like we do with our hands.
Habitat loss is also a problem for elephants. As more land is developed for farming and settlements, there are fewer places for elephants to forage for food. Their monumental appetites often mean they eat themselves out of house and home, literally. And when they can’t find enough food or water, they die.
Together, we can
turn things around.™
turn things around.™
One Step at a Time
San Diego Zoo Global works with communities in Africa to relocate elephants into safer habitats, provide anti-poaching patrols, and combat the ivory trade with alternate sources of income, including conservation work.
Pounds of food an adult elephant typically eats every day.
Working alongside community partners, we rescue young elephants orphaned in the poaching war, hand-raise and rehabilitate them, and release them back into the wild with new herds in protected areas.
We’re also using science to study elephant movements, reproduction, and behavior to ensure these gentle giants are here for generations to come. We can’t do it without your help.
What You Can Do, Right Now
Give $30 today and provide a week of anti-poaching patrols to keep elephants safe.